Alcohol and Drugs workshop with Upper Secondary
This week the Upper Secondary students participated on an Alcohol and Drugs workshop for their PSHE program. The students were divided into four mixed groups to discuss and answer the following questions:
Brainstorm ideas as to why people would START using a drug.
Why do you think some people continue using a drug, even when they know it is causing problems in their life/health/relationships?
How much do you know about: Addiction? Tolerance? Withdrawal symptoms?
Is there a “risk group” for becoming addicted? Yes/no and why. Consider: age, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, education, family history and values, etc.
What do you think makes a specific drug licit or illicit (legal or not)? What about licit but controlled substances (such as alcohol, tobacco, medication…)? What is the difference?
What do you know about legal age (drinking/smoking)? What is it in your home country? And in Turkey?
Can alcohol be dangerous? When and how?
Describe possible physical, psychological and behavioral effects of alcohol (positive and negative).
Leaders of each group then presented their thoughts to the audience. I was impressed to hear how much our students know about alcohol and other drugs. It is very positive to see that our teenagers are well-informed and able to share their knowledge with their peers. After each short presentation, I shared additional information to ensure all students received the most important facts. Marco and Vera also took the opportunity to present their project on how Breathalyzers work, integrating their science studies into our PSHE session.
If you have the chance, ask our Upper Secondary students about the Alcohol and Drugs assembly; I am sure they will welcome the opportunity to share and take these important discussions further!